Open your heart

'Whatever you did for one of the least of these... you did for me.' Matthew 25:40 NIV

Jesus gave a picture of the day when we'll all meet him, beyond this life: 'All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people... the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the King will say to those on his right, "Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance"' (Matthew 25:32-34 NIV). But here's what happens to the others: 'He will say to those on his left, "Depart from me"' (Matthew 25:41 NIV). Why? What moves Jesus to say that? Was one group more morally spotless and shiny? Was one group more doctrinally correct? Actually, neither of the above.

Jesus said our destiny is based on showing compassion for our fellow man. You may be thinking, 'Aren't we saved by faith alone?' Yes. But as Martin Luther pointed out, 'The faith that saves us is never alone.' The Bible says that faith without works is dead (see James 2:26). Jesus said that this was the standard that will make us or break us with him: 'I was naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you visited me; I was in prison and you came to me' (Matthew 25:36 NKJV). Then he personalised it. 'Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me' (Matthew 25:40 NIV).

So what now? Take a risk today and open your heart to someone's needs. Spend time praying, asking God how you can meet that need. And then, act.

Soulfood: Dan 3-4 Luke 22:39-46 Ps 130 Pro 10:12,

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